Friday, April 15th, 2011

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls ($13.95 for 0.28 oz.) is designed to give skin a luminous glow using multi-colored pearls that add glow and help to even out the skin tone. The “Real Mineral Pearl Extract” is supposed to blur imperfectoins and protect/condition skin with “antioxidant properties.”

At first glance, it looks a lot like Guerlain’s Meteorites that they launched in pressed form a year or so ago (which are no longer available). If you’ve never worn Guerlain’s Meteorites, you might think this is a perfect substitute. I don’t think it is–which isn’t to say Light Bronze Pearl isn’t a good product, but I don’t think it’s a substitute for Meteorites. The effect of the Mineral Glow Pearls is more pronounced, colored, and shimmery. Meteorites are soft, subtle, and more of a sheen than overt shimmer. I just knew the comparison would be made, and while it’s there in the design of the powder, I don’t think it extends to the way it looks on the face.

I think if you like MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, you’ll like Physicians Formula’s Mineral Glow Pearls. They have enough shimmer and sheen to add lots glowiness to the skin. I did find that it seemed to accentuate my pores just a bit, but it was very slight. The texture itself was soft and smooth, and it didn’t have really chunky glitter in it at all. Light Bronze Pearl is a medium copper bronze with a champagne-bronze sheen. It did add both a bronzed color and sheen to my cheeks when applied. It wore well throughout the day (lasted until I removed, which was after twelve hours).

I like the design of the powder itself, but I’m not keen on the pearl they glued on top of the case. Mine was already a little loose, so I have a feeling it may disappear sooner rather than later. I also disliked it because it made storing it less efficient, because it added half an inch to the compact’s height. There is an included brush, but it was rather rough. The clear lid kept popping off; it’s not well-secured into place, so it seems to easily displace with very little effort (and sometimes even just a light knock on the back of the compact will loosen it).

There are three other variations available as well: Beige Pearl, Bronze Pearl, and Translucent Pearl.

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Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I think this is a nice alternative to MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes and similar products. It has a noticeable sheen, deposits some color (though not too much in the case of Light Bronze Pearl), and it wears all day (12+ hours). This particular shade is best for warmer skin tones. It seems better than a B product to me, but the packaging is below average, dropping it to a B.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls

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Where can I purchase Light Bronze Pearl? How much is it?

drugstore.com, $13.95.

Is it limited edition?

No.

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37 thoughts on “Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I don’t like the way the surface of this product looks. xP

  2. The first thing I thought of when I saw this was the MAC MSFs. I have plenty of Gold Deposit, so I’m going to hold off on buying this one. But this could definitely be on my shopping list in the future.

  3. malia

    it looks great but omg your hair looks fabulous here!!! So long shiny healthy…. so jealous am I!!

  4. lena

    I hate the pearl on the lid too! It actually kept me from buying it because it would be such a pain to store.

  5. Andrea

    Pretty shimmering

  6. Riki

    WOW! This looks absolutely amazing on you! Makes you look exotic :)

  7. Wow, the powder looks better than I expected. I was expecting a frosty shimmer bomb but it actually looks really nice. I’ll have to try a shade.

  8. It looks beautiful on you, but its a little gross looking in the pan honestly..looks like little boils!!!

  9. Sharon

    Girl, what have you been doing lately? You’ve been knocking it out of the park! STUNNING!

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    Christine, this product looks absolute gorgeous on you. I don’t know that everyone could pull it off but you just seem to glow from within with this on your face (is it on your cheekbones or on your cheeks as well?)

  11. I have this and love it! Mine didn’t come with a pearl on the case though.. hmm.. btw- you look SO pretty in the full face pic! Not sure what it is but you look amazing!

  12. niki

    i think you would look great with fringe! (:

  13. You look so vibrant in the picture!

  14. Kat

    I have this in the Translucent Pearl vesrion and mine doesn’t have that annoying pearl on top of the compact! It’s also a lot sturdier than your is. The only thin with the Translucent one is that it leaves a pinky/off-white cast, so it’s only good for cool light skin tones. I have warm skin so it’s a little off, but I’m going to finish it up.

  15. Lisa

    i have this, the packaging to me feels so cheap!

  16. Megan

    That looks beautiful on you Christine. On my NW45 skintone it would be useful as a highlighter

  17. Nessa

    I agree,the bumps on there and the packaging doesn’t look so tempting,but the color looks great! Especially on you Christine,your hair,skin ,everything looks so glowy and beautiful. =-). Xoxo

  18. I’ve been using this every day, in Beige Pearl. The surface is just an overlay. It’s not that shimmery underneath, but it has a beautiful sheen.

  19. Guerlain Meterorites Poudre De Perles Illuminating Perfecting Pressed Powder looks the same way.

  20. Jessica

    I love you Christine, but that is a really unflattering photo.

  21. Monika

    They are called Physicians formula and they contain Parabens and chemicals galore. I wrote them about this.

  22. wow that looks lovely on you! such a perfect amount of glow! :)

  23. Nina

    I disagree with Jessica. I think you look raiant in this ic, your hair looks fab and your skin looks glowing. Love this pic!!

  24. IceFluffPenguin

    After your review I went out and used my $5 off coupon at Ulta to get this. I have a lighter skin tone so this doesn’t make me look orange or like I have dirt on my face. I love the soft shimmer. I agree with the packaging, take off the pearl! And I actually like the texture of the product, it’s fun and after awhile of use it is flat and boring so the “boils” go away lol

  25. Saffy

    I love the shimmer! They have a pale pink version of this for fair skin, I might pick it up. Thanks for the review, I’ve been eying this product since I bought the PF Happy Booster blush (which is great).

  26. zombiilove

    I absolutely love my glow powder (not the bronzer, the lightest version of the mineral glow powders) and use it often. It does require a light hand though, especially when used in conjunction with shiny sunscreen. Not everyone can afford Meteorites (and even if they could, would everyone buy them?), and these seem like a decent alternative.

    I don’t know what your’e doing differently lately, makeup-wise, but you look almost totally different. Is it your foundation? Lighting? A new angle? Something is really different – and it’s as if you have no under eye darkness at all! I need to know your secret!!

    • The foundation is the wrong color in the photo below – it’s too dark :( I have to mix for Guerlain Parure Gold, but I went a little too heavy with #03!

  27. I’m happy you posted about this! I was very curious about it!

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gina Gina

    Would you recommend applying this all over the face, or just on cheeks?

  29. Mirna

    I have this & I love it!

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jennifer Jennie R.

    Do you dye your hair? Some days (like today’s photo) it looks jet black and other days it just looks like a very dark brown. I guess it could just be the lighting. Either way, it looks great. I’m just curious :)